LAVENDER SCARE

Thursday, June 22 |  7:00pm
Tivoli Cinemas in Westport

Thousands lost their jobs. Some lost their lives.
         A courageous few fought back.

Directed by Josh Howard & Jill Landes
76 minutes  |  USA   |  2017

The Lavender Scare is the first documentary film to tell the little-known story of an unrelenting campaign by the federal government to identify and fire all employees suspected of being homosexual.  In 1953, President Eisenhower declared gay men and lesbians to be a threat to the security of the country and therefore unfit for government service.  In doing so, he triggered the longest witch hunt in American
history. 
 
Over the next four decades, tens of thousands of government workers would lose their jobs for no reason other than their sexual orientation. The actions of the government had an unintended effect.  They inadvertently helped ignite the gay rights movement.
 
In 1957, after thousands had lost their jobs, a Harvard-trained astronomer named Frank Kameny became the first person to fight his dismissal.  His attempts to regain his job evolved into a lifelong fight for the rights of LGBT people.     
 
The Lavender Scare is a compelling story of one man’s fight for justice.  And it is a chilling reminder of how easy it can be, during a time of fear and uncertainty, to trample the rights of an entire class of people in the name of patriotism and national security.

See the first-ever animated short to be honored with the OUT HERE NOW Courage Award.

which will be showing first on tonight's 

special screening program

IN A HEARTBEAT

 

A closeted boy runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams.

CLICK HERE for the trailer.

Directed by Beth David & Esteban Bravo
4 minutes  |  USA   |  2017

Come Early at 6:00pm

Included with your ticket is a pre-screening reception marking the launch of THE ORDINANCE PROJECT, a new film being made about an important chapter in Kansas City's LGBT History

This special Opening Night Screening Event is co-sponsored by the Kansas City Human Rights Commission Gay & Lesbian Task Force,
the Gay & Lesbian Archives of Mid-America, the Westport Regional Business League, and the Tivoli Cinema & Arts Center

OUT HERE NOW: The Kansas City LGBT Film Festival

is produced in coordination with Unity Temple on the Plaza
and Open Circle Media & Marketing 

FESTIVAL OFFICES

4330 Holly St

Kansas City, M0 64111

816.200.2059

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